Dehumanisation of Society in 1984 Essay

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Dehumanization of Society in 1984 by George Orwell In the novel 1984, written by George Orwell, the world is split into three main areas. Now the area in which Winston lives in and the story takes place is Air Strip One, Great Britain, Oceania. Within Oceania the people of London, also called Air Strip One, live together as a Utopia. The people are becoming dehumanized which is defined as “deprive of positive human qualities” by the Oxford English Dictionary. As Mr Orwell describes, through Winston, the government, or by a more common name “Big Brother,” as “brainwashing” and “mental torture.” Big Brother would use many different methods of “brainwashing” across the cities though different means, such as huge banners taking up entire walls or huge spaces. One of the means that the government, Big Brother, would start this as at a young age, even turning children against their own parents for showing any signs of thought or personal opinion; going against the thought police. On page 13 Orwell writes “You’re a traitor!’ yelled the boy. ‘You’re a thought-criminal! You’re a Eurasian spy! I’ll shoot you, I’ll vaporize you, and I’ll send you to the salt mines!” Suddenly they were both leaping round him, shouting ’Traitor!’ and ’Thoughtcriminal!’ The little girl imitating her brother in every movement. It was somehow slightly frightening, like the gambolling of tiger cubs which will soon grow up into man-eaters.” Here he shows how the brainwashing starts at such a young age and how they (the children) re-enact something they see or think is correct, no matter what others say. The children are acting as spies by the way they are dressed (stated on the same page, but further up) and act. They are following “role-models” of the time thus influencing them to later pursue that as their profession or even just following the rules, solely due to the young age influence. They

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